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"In the little village where I was born, life moved at a slower pace, yet felt all the richer for it. There my two uncles were known far and wide for their delicious cooking. They seasoned their zesty chicken using only the freshest herbs and spices. People called them "los pollos hermanos" ("the chicken brothers"). Today, we carry on their tradition in a way that would make my uncles proud. The finest ingredients are brought together with love and care, then slow-cooked to perfection. Yes, the old ways are still best at Los Pollos Hermanos. But don't take my word for it. One taste, and you'll know..."
—Los Pollos Hermanos advertisement

These are characters in Breaking Bad related to the restaurant chain Los Pollos Hermanos, which is also a front for a drug trafficking criminal organization. For the main page, see here.

Mike Ehrmantraut and Gus Fring have their own pages.

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    Tyrus Kitt 

Tyrus Kitt

Portrayed By: Ray Campbell

Tyrus Kitt is a prominent enforcer of Gustavo Fring, hired as a replacement for Victor when it comes to checking the meth. Better Call Saul establishes he was already working for Gus with Victor by the start of Breaking Bad.



Portrayed By: Jeremiah Bitsui

Victor is a prominent enforcer of Gus's, alongside Mike Ehrmantraut. Little was revealed about him, other than that he dies by Gus slitting his throat with a box cutter.

  • Bald of Evil: A shaved head.
  • Blofeld Ploy: Ends up on the receiving end of this in the season 4 premiere.
  • The Brute: Gus' second most trusted henchman behind Mike.
  • The Driver: At points, he's shown being driver to Gus and to Mike on various jobs.
  • Even Evil Has Standards: He violently kicks lab equipment in frustration due to being shocked by Gale's death and his attempt to cook meth himself hints that he refused to have Walt getting away with it. Too bad he implicated himself at the crime scene.
  • Idiot Ball: "We ain't missing no cook".
  • Jerkass: He's very abrasive. Though, he's not as bad as Tyrus.
  • Know-Nothing Know-It-All: When he tries to cook a batch after Gale's death to prove to Gus he can be the cook. He arrogantly claims that he's perfectly capable of following the formula. To give him his due, while Victor probably doesn't understand why he's doing what he's doing, not even Walt can spot anything he actually does wrong (at one point, he nearly skips a step, and Walt gets visibly hopeful that he'll screw it up, but then he remembers and Walt deflates).
  • Leave No Witnesses: Gus kills him because he was seen breaking into Gale's apartment.
  • Only One Name: Nowhere has his surname been mentioned. Neither here nor in Better Call Saul.
  • Out-of-Character Moment: Overlapping with Too Dumb to Live. Victor is Fring's left-hand man and has always been presented as an efficient and stoic professional. His actions after Gale's death are unprofessional, suicidal, and frankly bizarre considering his occupation and character. Though this could be chalked up to how he didn't expect Walt to have Gale killed, which took him off his guard and left his surprised.
  • Slashed Throat: Courtesy of Gus and a boxcutter.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Killed both because he implicated himself and as a warning to Walter and Jesse that Gus is not afraid to cut any loose ends.
  • Small Name, Big Ego: He thought he could cook Walter's meth by simply having observed his steps to the cook (as it turns out, apparently he was right about that, at least as far as he got). Walter mocked him and Gus thought even less of the idea...
  • Smug Snake: Less competent than Mike and makes reckless tactical mistakes. He's also particularly smug when he's trying to impress Gus with his cooking.
  • The Stoic: Like many of Gus' henchmen, he remains cold and non-expressive.
  • The Quiet One: Not as much as Tyrus Kitt, and he talks a little more in his final appearance.
  • You Have Outlived Your Usefulness: Gus kills him for the colossal fuckup he made that he couldn't fix.

    Gale Boetticher 

Gale Boetticher
"Yes, I am a nerd."

Portrayed By: David Costabile

"Consenting adults want what they want. At least with me they’re getting exactly what they pay for."

Another meth cook that Gus forces Walt to replace Jesse with. Walt and Gale get along well, but in reality Gus is using Gale to learn how Walt cooks his meth so he can dispose of Walt and Jesse and replace them with Gale, who is a lot more manageable.

  • Ambiguous Disorder: He lacks social skills, is very awkward, childish, naive, unusual, incredibly smart and talented, traits commonly associated with the autism spectrum disorder and Asperger's syndrome.
  • Ambiguously Evil: He is fully aware of what he does, but thinks that, since his product is much purer than anyone else's, it can be considered as Necessarily Evil — addicts will find their dealers anyway. At least, with his meth, they will actually have what they buy. He is also one of the nicest guys in the show.
  • Anti-Villain: One of the least evil villains in the series. In fact, the only reason he could qualify as evil is because he's a meth cook. Hank himself mentions that it's a shame that someone as talented and intelligent as he was became a meth cook.
  • Back for the Dead: He returns to the show after being fired, and then gets murdered.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Jesse reluctantly kills him.
  • Celebrity Paradox: When Jesse is talking to the detectives about ricin, he mentions that he might have heard about it on House. David Costabile played the scheming cousin of a Patient of the Week on that show.
  • Evil Genius: He's incredibly talented and smart for a meth cook. Even Hank mentions this.
  • Extreme Doormat: Gale never puts his foot down. For example, when he gives an estimated time span for getting something done, he'll immediately capitulate to a demand to get it done faster. When Walt fires him from his dream job for spurious reasons, he acts more hurt than angry.
  • Eye Scream: Just 'barely' averted; Jesse shoots him right below his left eye.
  • Foil: To Jesse. Both characters are talented meth cooks and more than qualified to serve as Walt's assistant, but while Jesse is a high school dropout who ignored Walt's advice to apply himself, Gale completed a PhD. Jesse is a drug addict who smokes and drinks and lives on junk food, while Gale is a a clean-living vegan whose only vice is coffee. Jesse wears oversized casual clothes while Gale wears shirts and slacks, dressing more like Walt despite being considerably younger than him. Jesse is at least overtly uninterested in art or culture, talks in slang and uses "bitch" practically as a punctuation point, while Gale is a poetry buff, he is articulate and polite and he never swears. The most crucial contrast however is that for all his faults Jesse is much better suited to the job of Walt's assistant. Gale's academic background makes him inclined to take the initiative, be creative in his work and question Walt's orders. Walt prefers Jesse because he really just wants someone who doesn't ask questions and simply does what he is told.
  • For Science!: Gale is more interested in having a dream lab and a good partner than the actual consequences of his actions. Addicts are going to get their meth from somewhere, so why not give them the best? He approaches coffee-making with the same incredible precision.
  • Gosh Darn It to Heck!: Doesn't swear.
  • Harmless Villain: He may be a drug producer, but he never does anything violent.
  • Hollywood Nerd: Incredibly nerdy, with his special love of SCIENCE!, karaoke, and Walt Whitman.
    Gale: Yes. I am a nerd.
  • Lovable Nerd: He has a very nerdy and likable demeanor.
  • Manchild: He's a grown adult, and his behavior is incredibly naive and childish. Basically he's less of an adult and more of a kid with a high intellect.
  • Mundane Made Awesome: His approach to making coffee.
  • Nice Guy: Despite his job, Gale is one of the most goodhearted people on the show. He willingly talks Gus into giving him a demotion to the assistant when he could have had the lab to himself, purely because he honestly believes Walt is capable of making a superior product.
  • No Good Deed Goes Unpunished: The season 4 premiere reveals in a Flashback that his dedication to making the best meth possible in Gus's lab is what inspired Gus to hire Walt. Which didn't work out too well for him in the end.
  • Non-Action Guy: Non combat-proficient obviously.
  • Pretty Little Headshots: His head wound is cleaner than most of the ones on the show. Then again, we only see the entry wound below his eye.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: For him, his illegal job is a just mere job and nothing else. It's nothing personal.
  • Put on a Bus: After all of three episodes. He does come back in the finale of season 3. Too bad that it was for the dead.
  • Replacement Goldfish: It's implied, especially by his cameo in Better Call Saul, that Gus sees him as this to the deceased Max Arciniega, who was also a meth cook whose education Gus paid for.
  • Replacement Scrappy: In-Universe: Gale is more competent than Jesse by any definition of the word, but Walt comes to resent Gale because he answers to Gus and is too submissive for Walt to enjoy manipulating. This is played with in that before Jesse was assaulted by Hank, it wasn't like Walt wasn't overjoyed to be working with someone on his level.
  • Sacrificial Lamb: Exists primarily to provide a relatively innocent victim to show how much Walt has had to compromise his morals.
  • Sliding Scale of Libertarianism and Authoritarianism: He is a self-identified Libertarian and that plays into his motivations. He does not believe that using drugs should be illegal so he does not see what he does as truly criminal, and rather feels that it's better if someone with his skills and talents be allowed to manufacture meth and other drugs since the product will be of higher quality and thus, safer to use.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: While he's relatively important even with the small amount of screen time, it turns out that he's been an Unwitting Instigator of Doom even in death. He affects the plot in a major way at least three times by being the factor that made Gus hire Walt in the first place, driving the plot of season 3; his death and his notes are what inspire Hank to investigate Gus Fring in season 4; and his gift is what finally does Walt in at the end of season 5, part 1.
  • Too Good for This Sinful Earth: Very naive, but was a good man who didn't possess a malicious bone in his body. Walt even admits he didn't deserve to die the way he did. He blames Gus for it.
  • Unwitting Instigator of Doom: Even prior to his death, as described in the example above, Gale unknowingly causes the friction between Walt and Gus. Gale's insistence on learning Walt's recipe ends up cluing Walt in on the fact that Gus is trying to find a replacement so that he can have him killed. This motivates Walt to completely rebel against Gus and plot his death. And even in death, his copy of Leaves of Grass becomes a critical evidence that leads Hank to Walt, leading to Walt's life fracturing and ultimately him dying alone.



    Chris Mara 

Christopher 'Chris' Mara

Portrayed By: Christopher King

One of Gus's henchmen.

    Dennis Markowski 

Dennis Markowski

Portrayed By: Mike Batayeh

The manager of the Lavanderia Brilliante, the laundry where Gus hides the lab.

  • Bald of Evil: Is bald and one of Gus's cronies.
  • Dirty Coward: Somewhat justified, perhaps, but after telling Mike that he's no rat and that he's not going to roll over even absent the hazard pay (instead simply telling Mike that 'someone' will talk if they don't get their money), after Mike's death, is fully prepared to give up everything he knows to the DEA. The only reason he doesn't is that the DEA refuses to give him a favorable deal, and before negotiations can continue he's knocked off. Back in season 4, he also nervously agrees to let the cops search the laundromat when they threaten to return with a search warrant.
  • He Knows Too Much: Killed because of the information he has on the Fring network.
  • Kill It with Fire: In a spectacularly grisly fashion, he's burned to death by the Aryans.
  • Man on Fire: He apparently did something to earn solitary confinement. Doesn’t stop the Aryan Brotherhood from still killing him. How you ask? By spraying alcohol into the cell and lighting him on fire!
  • Plea Bargain: Tries to pull one after his own lawyer is arrested and Mike is killed.

    The Rival Dealers 

The Rival Dealers

Portrayed By: Mike Seal & Antonio Leyba

The "Rival Dealers" are two street-level crystal meth dealers who call shots for a street-gang that controls Gus Fring's turf in Albuquerque.

  • Asshole Victim: Both of them had it coming after killing a kid.
  • Bald of Evil: One of them.
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Walt kills Dealer #1.
  • Car Fu: How Walt kills Dealer #2 and cripples Dealer #1.
  • Evil Mentor: To Tomás.
  • No Name Given: We never find out their names.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: They hardly appear for more than 5 times, and don't have a single line of dialogue in the series, but their actions in Season 2 and 3 paved way for the eventual fall of Los Pollos Hermanos, as without them, Walt and Jesse would have been in Gus's good books and cooked as much as he wanted from them.
  • Tattooed Crook: The bald one has tattoos on his arms, his neck, and the back of his head.
  • The Voiceless: They never speak a single word of dialogue.
  • Would Hurt a Child: They murder Tomás, possibly on Gus' orders.

    Tomás Cantillo 

Tomás Cantillo

Portrayed By: Angelo Martinez

Tomás Cantillo was an 11 year-old boy who worked for a local gang of drug dealers in his neighborhood. He is the younger brother of Andrea.

  • Chekhov's Gunman: His murder of Combo later resurfaces and leads to escalating tensions with Gus, and basically the plot of the entire fourth season.
  • Smug Snake: In season 3, for the short period of time that we see him. He obviously thinks that he's tough. But in reality, he's just a kid who's way in over his head.
  • Troubling Unchildlike Behavior: At age 11, he's already involved in drug dealing and has even committed murder.
  • We Hardly Knew Ye: Killed in his second appearance.

    Dr. Barry Goodman 

Dr. Barry Goodman

Portrayed By: JB Blanc

A doctor on Gus' payroll, in charge of the emergency medical tent he had set up.

  • Affably Evil: He might be a cartel doctor, but he's a pleasant fellow who playfully teases Jesse about his bad habits and seems to be genuine friends with Gus.
  • Crazy-Prepared: Knows the complete medical history of Gus, Mike, and Jesse whilst also having their blood samples. Given that he's a doctor, it's part of the job description, but still impressive considering he set up a make-shift hospital on short notice.
  • The Medic: Patches up Gus and Mike after their assassination of the cartel.
  • Morally Ambiguous Doctorate: Downplayed. He's only on the payroll of the bad guys, he's not a real bad guy himself. He also supplies cocaine for Mike to use to ensnare some of Hector's drug runners.
  • Only in It for the Money: Operates on Gus first whilst ignoring Mike. When Jesse points this out, he casually replies that Gus is the one who pays him.
  • Punch-Clock Villain: He only does what he does because he's on Gus' payroll, and while certainly unscrupulous, is not actively malicious.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Initially, one could dismiss him as a Bit Character for Los Pollos Hermanos. However, his informing Mike of Gus' death in "Live Free or Die" is the catalyst to Mike returning to New Mexico, not to mention the reason that he was still alive after the faceoff with the cartels.
  • Sole Survivor: Out of all the known characters directly involved in Gus's drug empire, he is the sole survivor with the exception of Jesse.
  • Villainous BSoD: He is incredibly dejected upon learning Fring was killed.
  • Villainous Friendship: With Gus, whom he warmly hugs and refers to as an amigo.
  • What Happened to the Mouse?: He's not seen again after Mike returns to New Mexico in a furious rage. Justified since his primary employer is dead.

    Dan Wachsberger 

Dan Wachsberger

Portrayed By: Chris Freihofer

The lawyer for Mike's 9 guys, and manager of their legacy money.

  • Amoral Attorney: He is a corrupt lawyer.
  • Decoy Leader: Pretends to take on Mike as a paralegal, but in reality does nothing but sit and listen to music while Mike does the talking.
  • Dirty Coward: After his arrest he doesn’t hesitate to rat out his former clients and even tricks Mike into revealing his location to the DEA.
  • Dramatic Irony: As he's being shanked, he's talking to his own lawyer on the phone.
  • Even Evil Has Loved Ones: As he's being shanked, he tells his lawyer to tell his kids he loves them.
  • Foil: To Saul. While both are Amoral Attorneys, Dan is more straight-laced, dresses more soberly and cultivates a veneer of respectability. Unfortunately he is a lot less savvy and blows Mike's cover with one careless but fatal error. He also lacks Saul's loyalty - he agrees to rat out his clients once he is arrested, while betraying a client is a line Saul always refused to cross, even when offered a bribe or threatened with violence.
  • Nice to the Waiter: Is very nice to the receptionist at the safety deposit box location.
  • Oh, Crap!: Has this reaction upon seeing Gomez and two other DEA agents enter the vault.

    Duane Chow 

Duane Chow

Portrayed By: James Ning

A Chinese businessman who owns a chemical manufacturing company that supplies Gus's operation. He's first rescued by Mike while being held hostage by the Juarez Cartel. Later on, after Gus's death, he comes under investigation by the DEA.

  • Affably Evil: He supplies methalymine to Gus, but from what little we see of him, he doesn't seem to be that unpleasant of a guy. Mike also refers to him as a "good man".
  • Boom, Headshot!: How Chris disposed of him.
  • Butt-Monkey: Has a tiny handful of appearances. In every single one of them either something terrible happens to him or he's in the middle of dealing with major problems.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Owns the Golden Moth Chemical company, which supplies Gus with his methalymine.
  • Face Death with Dignity: He stares down Chris calmly and takes One Last Smoke before being killed.
  • Fingore: Shot in the hand by Mike for not warning Gus that he was being held captive by the cartel.
  • One Last Smoke: He takes a last smoke before getting shot in the head.

    Maximino Arciniega 

Maximino "Max" Arciniega

Portrayed By: James Martinez

Maximino "Max" Arciniega was a close associate of Gus Fring and co-founder of the Los Pollos Hermanos franchise. He held advanced degrees in biochemistry and chemical engineering. Gus and Max were very close. Max's education was financed by Gus after Gus rescued him from the slums of Santiago.

  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg: He dies while begging for Gus's life.
  • Ambiguously Gay: Stated to be a valid interpretation of Max and Gus' relationship. Better Call Saul has more strongly implied that he and Gus were lovers, though has stopped short of actually confirming it thus far.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: His name gets dropped earlier in the same episode in which he appears.
  • Clandestine Chemist: He has a degree in chemical engineering and is a meth producer, while offically working as a chef.
  • The Lost Lenore: For Gus. It's still a little ambiguous as to whether or not he was a romantic example or not, but either way, his death drives Gus's vendetta against the Cartel and the Salamanca family.
  • Small Role, Big Impact: Avenging his death is the primary motivation behind Gus's character.
  • Shout-Out: Shares a name with the actor who played Krazy 8 back in the first season.
  • The Smart Guy: He knows the science, while Gus knows the business.

    Los Pollos Security Team 
"Corporate security" for Los Pollos Hermanos, these guys were Mike's trusted employees who were promised hazard pay should Gus be killed. Despite Mike's assurances that they were loyal, Lydia and eventually Walt wanted to have them all killed before they said anything to the DEA about the meth operations.

The security team consisted of Jack McGann, Andrew Holt, Anthony Perez, Isaac Conley, William Moniz, Raymond Martinez, and Harris Boivin. All seven of them were killed in jail by the Aryan Brotherhood along with their lawyer Dan Wachsberger, laundry manager Dennis Markowski, and Madrigal foreman Ron Forenall.

  • Bald of Evil: McGann and Moniz.
  • Beard of Evil: McGann and Perez.
  • Early-Bird Cameo: Holt, Boivin and Martinez all appear for a single scene apiece in season 4.
  • He Knows Too Much: The reason why Lydia and later Walt want them killed.
  • Kick the Son of a Bitch: Sure, their murders were horrific and grisly, and continued to solidify Walt as completely ruthless, but they were still thugs, at least two of whom would've murdered Walt and his entire family before they had gotten caught. Of course, considering how little we see of them, they may well have been more sympathetic if we'd gotten to know them better.
  • Scary Black Man: Presumably both McGann and Moniz, even if we didn't get to see much of them outside jail.
  • There Is No Kill Like Overkill: How the Aryans dispose of them seems awfully over the top, much like everything else the Aryans do. Although as mentioned in Kick the Son of a Bitch, they had it coming by nearly murdering Walt's wife and kids.
  • Undying Loyalty: These are Mike's guys, and "they are solid." Double Subverted. At least some of them try and get a good plea bargain the moment the money for their families stops coming in. However, this is only after Mike gets killed, whom they had maintained their loyalty towards.


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